Brigham Young University remains a strong candidate to play in the second annual Disneyland Pigskin Classic this August in Anaheim Stadium.
Teams being considered as an opponent for the Cougars are Washington, Texas, Houston and . . . Notre Dame."I'd still speculate on Brigham Young with Detmer coming back," a spokesman for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) said Tuesday from Nashville, Tenn., where the NCAA is holding its 85th annual convention. A meeting was held Monday to discuss Pigskin Classic pairings.
"How often can you guarantee a Heisman Trophy winner at your game?" the spokesman responded, when asked if BYU's back-to-back losses to Hawaii and Texas A&M had knocked the Cougars out of consideration.
The availability of Notre Dame may depend on whether Lou Holtz stays as the Fighting Irish coach next season. "I doubt Notre Dame would accept an invitation if Holtz were to leave," the spokesman said.
The high scoring Houston Cougars are eligible to participate in the game since they're coming off probation next season, but a source told the Deseret News, "I doubt they'll be selected. They don't travel well."
While the Pigskin Classic and Kickoff Classic officials are interested in intriguing matchups, they're also interested in attendance, which bodes well for the BrighamYoung Cougars but not the Houston Cougars.
"There are a lot of Mormons in Orange County. That helps BYU," the spokesman said.
A longshot team for the Pigskin Classic would be Michigan if it decides it would rather play in Anaheim than in The Kickoff Classic against Georgia Tech, the spokesman said.
The Anaheim Stadium pairing will become official later this month when NACDA and Pigskin Classic officials meet.